Soon after I joined the SCEF staff as Field Organizer, the Louisiana State "Un-American Activities Committee," which worked very closely with the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and Jim Eastland's U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), accompanied by a force of Louisiana State Police, raided the main SCEF offices at New Orleans, arrested our Director and two other officers; seized all SCEF files and records, and transported these across the state line to Woodville, Mississippi, where they were turned over to Eastland's SISS. All of these actions were patently illegal. Eventually, SCEF won on all legal fronts -- including a major U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Louisiana "Un-American Activities Committee" then held a series of spurious "hearings" which utilized many of the documents they had stolen from SCEF. Focusing on our Southwide civil rights activities, "LUAC" then published a series of volumes attacking all of us -- and also such closely related figures as Dr. Martin Luther King. These were very popular with white segregationists: Southern state governments, "lawmen," the White Citizens Councils, the Ku Klux Klan -- and also the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee and the House Un-American Activities Committee. The John Birch Society distributed them very widely and consistently. In one hard-fought civil rights campaign I was organizing and directing -- in a hard core Deep South setting -- a John Birch Bookmobile traveled the multi-county area constantly, distributing a vast number of these tracts, while the KKK published excerpts in its newspapers and passed those out. We kept fighting and we kept winning.
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